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Foresight for smart globalization

David Jhirad (Special Advisor, Energy and Climate Change, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, New York, USA)
Claudia Juech (Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, New York, USA)
Evan S. Michelson (Senior Research Associate, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, New York, USA)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 17 July 2009




The purpose of this paper is to present the concept of smart globalization and identify links with the Rockefeller Foundation's philanthropic activities in a number of areas, including health, climate change, urbanization, economic insecurities, and basic survival needs.


The paper addresses how a new conceptualization of globalization intersects with the field of foresight by describing the Rockefeller Foundation's approach to addressing complex issues of human development.


A forward looking research component is a valuable organizational structure that can add value by tracking and monitoring current and emerging trends relevant to the Foundation's strategic framework, operational initiatives, and areas of work.

Practical implications

The paper suggests a closer interaction of foresight and development experts and practitioners by suggesting that individuals in both disciplines need to work more closely together to coherently address the multitude, interlocking global challenges of the 21st century.


The paper introduces the notion of “smart globalization” to the foresight community and details how this mindset has influenced and directed the ongoing work of the Rockefeller Foundation.



Jhirad, D., Juech, C. and Michelson, E.S. (2009), "Foresight for smart globalization", Foresight, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 10-13.



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